Yep. You read that right. Another trove of Maplewoodiana has come to light. This time it is made available by the kindness, generosity and patience (waiting on me) of Nancy Fennell Hawkins.
For many decades Fennell family members lived in Maplewood. Nancy has done her family and us a great favor by producing her 224 page, hardbound book, I Remember When – Memories of Growing Up in Maplewood, Missouri 1936 – 1954.
And, boy, remember she does. This book is absolutely loaded with details and anecdotes from the lives of her family and friends. I have just finished reading it. You can too because she is donating a copy to the Maplewood Public Library. You’ll be able to find it there just as soon as I am through using it for however many blog posts this takes.
Editing this book for my blog is a terrific challenge. It contains so much of interest that there is just no way I can do it justice by excerpting from it. Additionally she has provided many documents and photographs as well. Two of her photographs I regard as amongst the very few most important historically of all that I have seen regarding the history of our city.
The best way I can think of to ease into this trove she has sent is to publish an explanatory letter from her. So here it is.
A little family history to help with some of these photographs.
Note: Jeannette Hakes was married to Robert Carpenter in England and they had 6 children, Robert William (Bill), Agnes Jane (Nessie), Percy John and Julian Henry (Juke) (twins), Kate Evelyn and Jeanette Caroline (Janie) Carpenter. Robert Carpenter died in May 1884 in England. Jeanette married Samuel Bland in 1885 in England.
The Bland/Carpenter families left Sunny Hill, England in 1891 and came to St. Louis. The family consisted of father, Samuel Bland, mother, Jeanette Caroline Carpenter Bland, Children Robert, Agnes, Percy, Julian (Juke), Kate and Jeanette Carpenter and Mietje Bland.
The family lived in Maplewood and Webster Groves. Later Samuel, Jeanette and Mietje moved to Bismarck, Missouri.
Robert William married Daisy Hall. They had one daughter, Daisy.
Agnes Jane married William Clark. They had one son, Will, who died at age 5.
Percy John married Amelia Traub. They had no children.
Julian (Juke) did not marry. He eventually moved to the farm in Bismarck/Irondale (sic) May mean Ironton.
Jeannette Caroline married Leo Moore. They had no children.
Kate Evelyn married Floyd Alonzo Fennell. They had 5 children, Jane, Floyd, Robert, Kate and Evelyn.
The reason for this information is because several of the married Carpenters built homes in Maplewood and possibly other places for their families. When Evelyn Wolf Callaway was living she drove us around and showed us homes in Maplewood that were built by the Carpenter boys. Unfortunately I didn’t get the addresses. I am sending several pictures of homes that are not identified so don’t know their location. I miss Ev Callaway so much. She was our neighbor and had so much information about our families early days. Her, Dad, Fred Wolf, was my Uncle Jule Wolf’s brother.
Another interesting fact about the Carpenter/Bland families is that all of the husbands and wives of the Carpenters died young. So they all moved to the country where Mietje lived. She never married. She looked after all her brothers on the farm until they died. The two girls, Nessie and Janie, also moved to the country. They had a new home built for them just down the lane from the farm. Unsure who built their new home but I believe my Uncle Jule Wolf played a part in that.
Hope this is not too much information for you. Just take what you need. And any other questions just let me know.
Now do you think you’ve just seen some extraordinary photos? Well, you have. But they are not the extraordinary photos that I refer to in the title. Those will probably be in the next post. I promise you they are rare and precious.
Speaking of rare and precious, I certainly appreciate everyone who reads these posts of mine. I’m making a joke. I have no idea how many of you are out there. Editor Miner has only ever mentioned how many clicks one particular post about the explosion got. I was surprised. I don’t ask because, truth be told, I don’t want that to become part of the impetus for producing this blog. I want to publish what I think is interesting and appealing. I don’t want to wonder why most of you did or did not think the same. Doesn’t matter.
Much thanks to Nancy Fennell Hawkins for letting me copy all of these images. They’re fantastic. The best is yet to come.
Hope you are all enjoying this fall weather.
Doug Houser October 24, 2019